Nightclub Closures & People Staying Home Affecting Bars & Bartenders
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
Concerts postponed or outright canceled. Bar owners and managers cutting shifts for their staff by as much as 50%. Nightclubs going dark from Athens to Las Vegas.
Even in London, one of the nightclub nirvanas of the world, the streets around the clubs are almost deserted. The coronavirus situation is having an affect on a lot more the travel industry – it’s having a major impact on nightlife, too.
By PubClub.com’s definition, nightlife is anything where people go out and have drinks, including concerts, festivals and even some sporting events such as March Madness.
Some have estimated that 50 million jobs in the industry could be lost as a result of this pandemic.
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, told the London Daily Mail:
“Pubs and their staff are adopting a common sense approach towards COVID-19 and we have provided detailed briefings to all our members including advice from Public Health England and the NHS. We are monitoring the situation and official advice closely. Unless official advice changes, people can still go and enjoy the great British pub.
“Of course, pubs do operate under tight margins and so any potential downturn is a real concern for the industry.”
Below is a rundown of major events that have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
Concerts & Festivals
• Coachella & Stagecoach moved to October. Click here.
• Lollapalooza Argentina postponed to later in the year
• The Tomorrowland Winter in France EDM festival has been canceled
• Concert promoters Live Nation & AEG have suspended all of its tours
• The Who postponed their UK/Ireland tour, scheduled to start March 16 in Manchester
• Pearl Jam has postponed its tour
• Milie Cyrus has pulled out of the World Tour Brushfire Relief Concert. She was the headline performer.
• The Zac Brown Band has postponed its tour
• Carlos Santana has canceled performances
• Green Day has canceled its Asian tour
• Machine Head postponed the second European leg of their 25th anniversary tour, which was scheduled to take off in Zaragoza, Spain, on April 19.
• New Orleans JazzFest, Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival, still on a scheduled
• The NBA, NHL, MLS and all major sports organizations have suspended seasons until further notice.
• March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship, has been canceled.
• The Masters has been postponed.
• College football spring practices have been postponed until further notice
• The NFL Draft, April 23-25 in Las Vegas, is still on as scheduled.
PubClub.com will update this list as information becomes available.